Antenna Cloud Farm is located on a hilltop in Western Massachusetts in the farming town of Gill, and occupies the ancestral and continuing homelands of the Abenaki, Nipmuc, and Pocumtuc tribes. ACF’s multifaceted and vision-based programming centers artistic excellence, community-building, cultural advocacy, mutual learning, reparative culture, and the joy of music-making in a beautiful setting.
Antenna Cloud Farm is proud to support local agriculture and the food justice community, and aims to be a cultural hub for people doing the difficult but crucial work of building equity and justice in the world. Through ACF’s ongoing partnerships with visionary organizations, community leaders, and local farms, artists-in-residence connect with local communities, audiences, and youth through innovative and interactive programming.
Hello from our little hilltop in Gill, where things are buzzing with excitement and activity (and bees!) in preparation for an exceptionally exciting summer full of performances by renowned artists, new collaborations, and two big unveilings: The ACF Music Walk day-long event in Turners Falls, and The ACF Experimental Institute, a 2-week intensive serving as a prototype for the formation of a radical new conservatory. We are deeply grateful to all our friends, collaborators, volunteers, and audience members, and so fortunate to be in partnership and kinship with organizations, local arts and community leaders, and agricultural changemakers doing truly impactful and inspired work to build a more just and sustainable world. We hope to see you this summer!
PS. Tickets to the concerts here at ACF will go on sale 5/25.
PPS. Interested in volunteering? Click here to learn more!
This program is supported in part by grants from the Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Montague and Northfield Cultural Councils - local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. We are extremely grateful to these Local Cultural Councils for their support!
Saturday, July 2 // 1-7pm
Join us for the first-ever Antenna Cloud Farm Music Walk: a day-long, village-wide, percussion-forward music festival featuring live performances, workshops, and audio stations throughout town where wanderers can tune in to a curated musical journey featuring special guest artists, while enjoying the shops, restaurants, and public spaces in town.
Featuring Kaoru Watanabe, one of the world’s leading performers of taiko drums and fue (Japanese flute), and renowned artist and educator Jo Sallins, who will be leading a drumming workshop and performance. More guest artists announced soon!
Learn more about Kaoru here.
Learn more about Jo here.
Workshop tickets on sale 5/25.
Friday, July 8 // 7-10pm &
Saturday, July 9 // 7-10pm
Pushkin Gallery in Greenfield
Gravity Hill is a two-night festival featuring place-based installations and performances curated in reference to the Pushkin Gallery, originally built in 1876. Immersive audiovisual interventions will be installed within the nooks and corners of the historic bank building, and musical performances will take place in the reverberant marble atrium. ACF creative director Michi Wiancko will perform her electro-acoustic solo project, Kono Michi, as part of the evening’s various offerings.
Learn more about Kono Michi here.
More info coming soon.
MATT EVANS’ AQUATIC HOUSE
Saturday, July 16 @ ACF in Gill, MA
Hilltop opens: 4pm // Concert 6pm
We are so very excited to invite composer and percussionist extraordinaire Matt Evans to ACF for a 2-week creative retreat and outdoor performance. Matt produces acoustic and electronic music, collaborative performances, and concept-driven recording projects through an eco-fictional lens.
Taking cues from interwoven organic species, entangled online networks, and intersectional thinking, Matt uses drum-driven hypnotic soundscapes and embodied improvisatory performance to question the unknowable and absurd relationships between the human experience, capital-driven consumerism, and ecological systems.
Learn more about Matt here.
Tickets on sale 5/25.
Saturday, August 6 // 10am - 7pm &
Sunday, August 7 // 10am - 5pm
Unity Park, Turners Falls
ACF is thrilled to collaborate with Nolumbeka Project once again in support of the 9th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, A Celebration of Art, Music, and Cultures.
It's our great honor to host a retreat for musical artist Hawk Henries, who is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now southern New England. In addition to being an internationally-acclaimed performer and sought-after public speaker and educator, Hawk Henries has been composing original flute music and making flutes using only hand tools and fire for over twenty 25 years.
Also performing at the Festival: Keith Secola, the Kingfisher Singers, Iron River Singers, Wicozani, Black Hawk Singers. Social dancing led by Andre Strongbearheart Gaines and Robert Peters.
Learn more about Hawk here.
August 15-28 @ ACF in Gill, MA
Announcing the first-ever ACF Experimental Institute. Conceived of and built collaboratively with artists and educators Mazz Swift, PaviElle French, and Ayane Kozasa, the Institute is a multi-faceted, 2-week summer intensive, in which an accomplished group of fellows and mentoring faculty will convene to collaborate, incubate new projects, build community, and engage in mutual learning and activation towards societal change.
The Institute will also serve as a prototyping and seed-planting space for the creation of a radical new music conservatory built upon anti-racist and liberatory values, and centered on holistic approaches to artistic excellence, performance, personal wellness, decolonized academic study, career-building, and the creation of new work.
Learn more about PaviElle here.
Learn more about Mazz here.
Saturday, September 10 @ ACF in Gill
Hilltop opens: 3pm // Concert 5pm
Helping to bring the summer season to a close will be the magical musical offerings of Kamerin, a nonbinary, trans singer, songwriter, and teacher whose dreamy and introspective stylings combine a hauntingly pure, virtuosic vocal sound with electronics-based loops and tasteful beats. Kamerin isn’t afraid to show their vulnerability on stage as they explore places of loneliness, nostalgia, and heartbreak.
Join us for this special event and a sunset-tinged end-of-summer celebration and bonfire.
Learn more about Kamerin here.
Tickets on sale 5/25.
ANTENNA CLOUD FARM MUSIC WALK
Drum workshop tickets on sale May 25th.
THE ACF EXPERIMENTAL INSTITUTE
Institute-related community events and pop-up concerts will be announced later this summer!
Announcing the first-ever ACF Experimental Institute. Conceived of and built collaboratively with artists and educators Mazz Swift, PaviElle French, and Ayane Kozasa, the 2022 ACF Experimental Institute is a multi-faceted, 2-week summer intensive, in which an accomplished group of fellows and mentoring faculty will convene here at ACF to collaborate, incubate new projects, build community, and engage in mutual learning and activation towards societal change. The Institute will also serve as a prototyping, brainstorming, and seed-planting space for the creation of a radical new music conservatory, centered on holistic approaches to artistic excellence, and built upon anti-racist and liberatory values.
The Conservatory will be led by a group of prominent and forward-thinking cultural and musical leaders, and offer programming rooted in artistic excellence, personal wellness, decolonized academic study, innovative and sustainable approaches to career-building, social impact work, performance opportunities, and the creation of new work.
Interested in volunteering for the Institute? Click here!
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All donations to Antenna Cloud Farm go directly to artist travel and food, outreach events, and concert/event production, and are 100% tax deductible through the 501(c)(3) non-profit status of our fiscal sponsor, Musica Franklin. Antenna Cloud Farm is funded from donations from music-lovers like you, small local cultural council grants, and ticket sales. Thank you for your support.
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